Due to the pandemic, working remotely remains more popular than ever. Workers and digital nomads are able to work remotely in new and alternative spaces. Options beyond the traditional office are more appealing and support the work-life balance that many people are looking for.
Digital nomads have flexibility and freedom when choosing the best place to work remotely. But with that freedom can come anxiety and discomfort. The best way to eliminate this anxiety is to know which qualities to look for in a new workspace.
What makes a place a good spot to work remotely?
Finding the best places to work remotely is about finding what works for you and your lifestyle. Finding the best spot means finding a place where you are comfortable and most productive.
- Limited or predictable distractions
- Easily accessible — includes parks, museums, and coffee shops
- Strong, free internet connection
- Has a convenient space or area to take a break, explore, and decompress
- Free (or cheap) parking
Atlanta is one of my favorite cities to work remotely. It has a great climate, good food, and plenty of places to walk around and take breaks. Better yet, it has a lot of places with traits perfect for remote workers and digital nomads. And when paired with the right essential tools, Atlanta’s the ideal place to get stuff done.
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Here are some of the best places to work remotely in Atlanta:
Parsons Alley – Duluth (downtown)
Parson’s Alley is a great place to work remotely. It’s a downtown district, home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and even a bar. There are a lot of options, so you can find one that fits your needs.
If you want something sweet, Simply Done Donuts is a great spot to grab a small treat. Looking for something savory? Try Sweet Octopus, an Asian Fusion restaurant, or venture upstairs to the Empanada House. There is also an outside stage, which hosts various concerts and events throughout the year.
If you’re looking to go offline, Duluth Village Green is a few steps away. It’s a great place to take a break and get some fresh air. There are lawn chairs and steps available for seating. And in the spring and summer, there is a working fountain where children can play.
Warm Waves Coffee House – Alpharetta
One of my favorite coffee shops in Atlanta, Warm Waves Coffee House is located in Alpharetta, GA. The coffee shop has a cozy and intimate atmosphere, good coffee, and a small garden available for outdoor seating.
Warm Waves is located less than two blocks from the heart of downtown Alpharetta. Walk less than 5 minutes and you’ll find a bunch of good lunch spots, cool shops, and neat bars.
East Pole Coffee Co. – Atlanta (midtown)
Located in Armour Yards, a creative office community in Atlanta, East Pole Coffee Co. is a great place to work remotely. The coffee shop has a modern, industrial feel with exposed ducts and piping. It is located close to Midtown and Downtown Atlanta and is easily accessible via I-85. It even houses an in-house roastery.
Though the menu is limited, the coffee is excellent and the staff is friendly. The glass-front building is flooded with natural light, and the atmosphere is professional and lively. East Pole also has a wide variety of seating, including a large stepped seating area, two bar areas, and outdoor seating. And though it’s limited, there’s also free parking, which is hard to find in Atlanta.
Ponce City Market – Atlanta (midtown)
Ponce City Market is a great spot for remote work. The main building is large and houses a long list of coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and boutiques. There’s plenty of seating available, both indoors and out. and whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the options are endless.
Some of my favorites that rarely disappoint:
- Dancing Goats Coffee Bar – separate location on the same block as Ponce with good coffee. It has indoor and covered outdoor seating.
- Spiller Park Coffee – kiosk located in PCM that serves high-quality espresso, coffee, and tea
- Bar Vegan – modern and sexy vegan venue that’s great for remote work and decompressing
When you are done working or want to take a break, take a stroll on the Atlanta Beltline, which passes through Ponce. It’s a 22-mile stretch of unused railroad tracks that have been converted into a walking/biking path.
Note: unless you travel via bike or walk, you’ll have to spend a few dollars for parking. But, the atmosphere, variety, and experience are well worth it.
The High Museum of Art – Atlanta (midtown)
Located in midtown Atlanta, the High Museum is a great place to work remotely. Though not what you first think of when you imagine working remotely, a museum is an ideal spot. They’re quiet, have a variety of seating and venues, and are often empty during the week.
The High Museum has a wide variety of seating, from traditional museum benches to more comfortable lounge chairs; it even has a large, outdoor patio. It also shares green space and a restaurant with the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The museum has a cafe with coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. Plus, when you’re done working, you can stroll through midtown to some of the nearby restaurants and shops or tour many of the museum’s exhibits.
The High is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and has a wide variety of paintings, sculptures, and interactive pieces.
Atlantic Station — Atlanta
Atlantic Station is a mixed-use community that houses apartments, shops, restaurants, and offices. The area is pedestrian friendly and has a large central park, which makes it a great place to work remotely.
The private property is easily accessible via the interstate and has parking available for cars, bikes, and motorcycles. Since AS regularly hosts festivals, sporting events, and pop-up shops, the atmosphere is lively and teeming with energy.
There are multiple shops that sell coffee, Toscano, Yard Hosue, Kilwin’s, and LaVazza (inside Regal). There is a Starbucks inside Target. The Black Bean Coffee trailer is there on Thursdays and Fridays.
And if you prefer to work late at night, it helps to know that Atlantic Station becomes an adult-only (or adult-supervised) environment after 3 pm.
A 3:00 p.m. curfew is strictly enforced. All youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 3:00 p.m…No individuals under 21 are permitted on property after 9:00 p.m.Code of Conduct, Atlantic Station
Rushing Trading Company – Sugar Hill
RTC is a family-owned restaurant and coffee shop. Home to great coffee, quality brunch foods, and good people, RTC is a great place to work remotely. The primary location is in downtown Sugar Hill in Gwinnett County.
RTC has a mix of indoor and outdoor seating, including 2 different bar areas. The light menu items, strong wifi, and friendly staff make it the ideal place to work remotely. Once you’re done working, check out the surrounding area.
Downtown Sugar Hill has an E-center, which includes meeting spaces, a gym, and a stage. There are several restaurants, bars, and shops within walking distance. There is even an amphitheater. Downtown also has a lot of free parking, including street level and two parking garages.
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